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Norman Rockwell’s Oatmeal Cookies

Published: December 29, 2011

Shortly before Norman Rockwell passed away in the late 1970s, he sent the editors of the Post a letter containing his all-time-favorite recipe—oatmeal cookies. Much like Rockwell’s paintings, the recipe is simple, straightforward, and classic. Make a batch today for a taste of true Americana!


Scan of original cookie recipe from Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell’s Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water and 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • About 1 cup oatmeal
  • Chopped nuts (walnuts preferred)


Mix in order and drop on baking sheet. Bake 400° 7 to 8 minutes. Then run under broiler to brown.

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  • Judy Young

    I, too, have never seen a recipe that said “run under the broiler”. I also note that amount of nuts not specified, and if the baking sheet is greased or ungreased. Going to try the recipe to see how it works out, however!:)

  • Will B.

    Those BLACK WALNUTS makes these cookies
    winners…and some raisins make ’em even better!

  • cathy

    Run under the broiler? I have never heard of that before. Worth a try. : )